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Basset Hound Puppies
Description: Known as the "Hush Puppy" dog they have the head of a Bloodhound and the body of a Dachshund. The name "Basset" is derived from the French word bas, meaning "low thing" or "dwarf." The Basset Hound is a short-legged dog, heavier in bone, size considered, than any other breed of dog. Basset Hounds' heads are wide and have loose, saggy and wrinkled skin. They have long, broad ears and drooping eyelids, often creating cartoon-like expressions from which a few cartoon versions of the Basset Hound have been created. Their coats are short and smooth. Movement is humorous looking and slow, but not clumsy. Bassets are much longer than they are tall, but are actually not small dogs. Bassets are simply large dogs on little legs. Basset Hounds are mild, never sharp or timid in manner but sometimes can be stubborn. They also can be vocal at times with their charming deep, sonorous bark. A lovely and amusing household pet for people with a good sense of humor. In A Midsummer Night's Dream written by William Shakespeare, the ancestral breed of the Basset Hound is described as "So flew'd, so sanded; and their heads are hung with ears that sweep away the morning dew; Crook-knee'd and dew-lapp'd like Thessalian bulls; Slow in pursuit, but match'd in mouth like bells...". The Basset Hound is essentially a hunting dog with strong natural instincts and will power. The Basset's tracking skills are excellent in that their scenting abilities are only second to that of a Bloodhound. Basset Hounds are generally very vocal, and love to bawl. Gentle and loving to their master and family, they make a wonderful family companion.
Height: 13 - 15
Hounds are independent, good natured, sociable, and gentle. They can be stubborn
when on the scent of an animal, especially deer, in that they are adamant about
tracking the scent.
Watch-dog: High - Suspicious
Care and Training:
Minimal grooming of the Basset Hound's coat is needed. They can be massaged
or brushed gently to remove dead hairs. Carefully attention should be paid to
their long ears. Basset Hounds should be taught basic obedience persistently
during their early age as they can be self-willed and when their natural scenting
ability tempts them, they will go off in hot pursuit. Plenty of moderate exercise
will help keep them fit and trim; long walks or scent games are best for Basset
Activity: Indoors - Low.
Outdoors - Medium. Bassets enjoy lounging inside with their family, but will
exercise if the opportunity is presented. Basset Hounds enjoy tracking games
that allow them to use their remarkable nose, as well as long hikes or walks.
Health Issues: Compared to other breeds, Basset Hounds are commonly more healthy. Basset Hounds tends to be obese, but this can and should be controlled with proper diet and exercise. Obesity can cause spine and leg problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia. Ears are susceptible to infections, as well as the eyes to glaucoma. May suffer from bloat and skin infections. Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Bassets can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests. Puppies are often delivered by cesarean section.
Life Span: 10 - 13 years
(Few have lived past 14 years)
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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